marcus (10873) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours light amber with a rich off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty biere de garde classic flavor, a little bitter and very satisfying. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle @ home. Slightly hazy red-orange appearance with a pretty big orangish white head. Sweet, yeasty, and slightly wild Belgian ale aroma. Slightly yeasty, golden, yeasty Belgian ale flavor. A bit of sourness and some yeast on the Belgian ale finish. deanso (10282) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 9, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.
thick white head. Lots of carbonation. Clear golden pour. Very nice. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Stinging honey leaking out of a young oak tree…Graham crackers within frothy carbonation...Active yet shy hop leafiness, warming alcohol but not overdoing it, a few tasty yeast flakes and some cereal at the base of the trunk…Solemn and pleasantly quiet… JoeMcPhee (10135) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
2009 bottle. Very highly carbonated, golden beer. A massive, thick, sticky white head. The aroma is really great. Big slightly musty, spicy nose. Fairly herbal with a light zestiness and a touch of black pepper. Softly sweet, but generally well-balanced. It’s a simple, but tasty biere de garde.
JorisPPattyn (10121) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2008
Huge, lightly yellow head, quite stable over bright orange-foxy beer. Volatile spices in the nose with cinnamon and clove, as well as sweet cake. Ginger too and orange rind, certainly warming up. Sweet and very spicy with more cinnamon, clove, ginger, and a very faint sourish edge (oranges?), but mainly sweet. Scorched caramel flavour, but not bitter. Bit aggressive, burning MF, not very well-bodied, very slick. Not exactly my favourite, a bit too... too driven... Danke, S! gyllenbock (10034) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle, vintage 2010.
Clear golden with a medium, fluffy white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, spices and some floral notes. The same in the taste, also some white bread. Dry and drinkable, better with age?
mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
[123-20061209] 750mL. Baby powder aroma with beery wheat. Golden yellow body with lots of bubbles throughout and a very large bubbly off-white head. Initially sweet complexity with gravelly hints of licorice. Light-medium body. Nice finish but... veggie burpies. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by Jay. Labeled "Amber Ale Sur Lie", 8.3% ABV. Code on back is "17 20". Mostly clear orange amber color. Many fine particles in the body make it appear slightly hazy. Thin white head. Only a couple loose bits of lace. Medium to bigger body. Softer carbonation. More dry finish. Kind of a nice belgian type yeast profile, more so than in the Gavroche biere de garde I just sampled before this. Light spice, some bready malt. Lightly spicy taste, light bitter. Alcohol is a tiny bit noticeable in the finish, a little heat here... I didn’t notice any at all in the Gavroche. Another solid biere de garde, though. Skinnyviking (9767) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2010
2010 version. Bottle high creamy white lasting head. Clear golden body. Mild and sweet fruity aroma and flavor with a low carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste.